OUR DISTRICT:  Planning and Preparation Meets Opportunity in the Hartford Student Internship Program (HSIP)

OUR DISTRICT: Planning and Preparation Meets Opportunity in the Hartford Student Internship Program (HSIP)

By March of 2017, through the Hartford Student Internship Program (HSIP), 125 of our high school students will be placed at internship sites based upon their career interests and the theme of their high schools.  Students are paid wages for their work and contributions, thanks to the generosity of The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Interns will be required to complete 60 hours of experience between March through May 2017.  As a culminating/post-internship project, interns will be participating in the Internship Showcase to highlight their learning experiences with the opportunity to present to business partners and their peers.

Our interns have completed their career competency training and are now internship-ready for Spring 2017.  Career competency trainings included modules with specific topics on resume development, critical thinking, workplace etiquette, and financial literacy via Junior Achievement Curriculum.  Modules at Bulkeley High School and Hartford Public High School were facilitated by Tamara Mitchell-Davis of Hartford Public Schools and Gerry Berthiaume of Capital Workforce Partners (both pictured above, flanking their students at Bulkeley High School.)

Modules at Culinary Arts Academy were facilitated by Alessandro Bermudez.  Within the cohort of ten schools, coordinators planned site-specific, work-based learning and career exploration activities to engage students in making the connection from the classroom to the workplace.  In addition, Men’s Warehouse’s Richard Dorval and Emily Hanson facilitated an interactive and engaging workshop for students around appropriate interview attire and interviewing skills.

Some of our student trainees at Hartford Public High School.
Our student trainees at Culinary Arts Academy at Weaver.

To date, since its inception Spring 2015, HSIP has placed over 500 students in internship experiences.  Thank you to all of our school site coordinators, business partners and mentors for your support and collaborative efforts to sustain such a viable program.

EMPLOYERS:  If you are interested in hosting an intern beginning March 2017, please contact Tamara Mitchell-Davis of Hartford Public Schools at mitct001@hartfordschools.org or Gerry Berthiaume of Capital Workforce Partners at gberthiaume@capitalworkforcepartners.org.

The 60-hour program is scheduled at the convenience of the employer and student, during after school hours.  Capital Workforce Partners will handle all the logistics.  All you need to do is provide a safe, supervised worksite.

For more information about HSIP, please contact Tamara Mitchell-Davis, Assistant Director of Career Pathways, Internships & Business Operations, and visit our webpagewww.hartfordschools.org/high-school-internships/


Men’s Wearhouse’s Richard Dorval emphasizes with students the need to “Dress for Success.”